Rui Vieira da Cunha; Clara Morando & Sofia Migens (eds.), From Minds to Persons, MLAG Discussion papers, Vol. 6, Faculdade de Letras da Universidade do Porto, 2014.
Discussion papers presented at the 1st MLAG Graduate Conference in 2012 are now published.
Conversations on Human Action and Practical Rationality. Carlos E. E. Mauro, S. Miguens and S. Cadilha (eds.), Newcastle, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, 169 pp. ISBN (10): 1-4438-4788-7, ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-4788-9.
This volume brings together leading scholars in the study of practical rationality and human action – namely, Alfred Mele, Michael Bratman, Hugh McCann, George Ainslie, Daniel Hausman and Joshua Knobe. They were interviewed by the editors in a project based at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Porto structured around the questions: 1) In your view, what are the most central (or important) problems in the philosophy of action?; 2) For some or all of the following – action, agency, agent – what do they contrast with most significantly?; 3) Which of these are liable to be rational/irrational?; 4) In what sense is the thing to do to be decided by what is rational? Are there limits to rationality?; 5) What explains action, and how? What is the role of deliberation in action?; 6)How is akrasia possible (if you think it is)?; 7) How do you think your own work has contributed to the field? What are your plans for future research? The outcome is of great interest, not only for philosophers, but also for economists, psychologists, political scientists and sociologists.
Consciousness and Subjectivity, Sofia Miguens and Gerhard Preyer (eds.), Ontos Verlag, Heusenstamm b. Frankfurt a. M. (posteriormente: Berlin, De Gruyter), series Philosophical Analysis. Edited by H. Hochberg, R. Hüntelmann, C. Kanzian, R. Schantz, E Tegtmeier, 2012., 363 pp. ISBN 978-3-86838-136-8.
Issues of subjectivity and consciousness are dealt with in very different ways in the analytic tradition and in the idealistic–phenomenological tradition central to continental philosophy. This book brings together analytically inspired philosophers working on the continent with English-speaking philosophers to address specific issues regarding subjectivity and consciousness. The issues range from acquaintance and immediacy in perception and apperception, to the role of agency in bodily “mine-ness”, to self-determination (Selbstbestimmung) through (free) action. Thus involving philosophers of different traditions should yield a deeper vision of consciousness and subjectivity; one relating the mind not only to nature, or to first-person authority in linguistic creatures—questions which, in the analytic tradition, are sometimes treated as exhausting the topic—but also to many other aspects of mind’s understanding of itself in ways which disrupt classic inner/outer boundaries.